Brilliant green [electronic resource] : the surprising history and science of plant intelligence / Stefano Mancuso and Alessandra Viola ; translated by Joan Benham ; foreword by Michael Pollan
- Mancuso, Stefano
- Uniform Title:
- Verde brillante. English
- Washington : Island Press, 
- Physical Description:
- xiii, 173 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
- Additional Creators:
- Viola, Alessandra, Benham, Joan (Translator), Pollan, Michael, and Mancuso, Stefano
- Language Note:
- Translation of: Verde brillante.
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- License restrictions may limit access.
- The root of the problem. Plants and the great monotheistic religions ; The plant world according to writers and philosophers ; The fathers of botany : Linnaeus and Darwin ; Humans are the most evolved beings on the planet. Or are they? ; Plants : always second fiddle -- The plant : a stranger. Euglena versus paramecium : an even match? ; Five hundred million years ago ; A plant is a colony ; A problem of tempos ; Life without plants : impossible -- The senses of plants. Sight ; Smell ; Taste ; Touch Hearing ; --and fifteen other senses! -- Communication in plants. Communication inside the plant ; Communication between plants ; Communication between plants and animals -- Plant intelligence. Can we speak of "plant intelligence?" ; What can we learn from artificial intelligence? ; Intelligence unites, it doesn't divide ; Charles Darwin and the intelligence of plants ; Each plant is a living Internet network ; A swarm of roots ; The aliens are here : plant intelligence as a model for understanding extraterrestrial intelligence ; Plants' sleep.
- In this book, a leading plant scientist offers a new understanding of the botanical world and a passionate argument for intelligent plant life. Are plants intelligent? Can they solve problems, communicate, and navigate their surroundings? For centuries, philosophers and scientists have argued that plants are unthinking and inert, yet discoveries over the past fifty years have challenged this idea, shedding new light on the complex interior lives of plants. In Brilliant Green, leading scientist Stefano Mancuso presents a new paradigm in our understanding of the vegetal world. He argues that plants process information, sleep, remember, and signal to one another-showing that, far from passive machines, plants are intelligent and aware. Part botany lesson, part manifesto, Brilliant Green is an engaging and passionate examination of the inner workings of the plant kingdom.--
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 161-173).
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